It’s been thirty years. For some people, Rocky Behr’s Folk Tree on South Fair Oaks Avenue right across from Centra Park is a place they’ve known all their adult lives, a nook of a store full of treasures.
For the area as a whole, for the Mexican artists whose folk art was sold, for the local artists who participated in Folk Tree’s exhibits such as “Hearts & Flowers” to celebrate Valentine’s Day, “International Nativities” every Christmas season, and “Honoring Ancestors” on Día de Los Metros, Folk Tree has been a life line for being able to continue to do what they do—create art.
To us, the Folk Tree has been a prime example of the increasing respect and admiration for art from south of the border, and with Rocky’s dedication and support for local artists and craftspeople, we consider Folk Tree the iconic symbol of the creativity that flourishes and thrives in Greater Pasadena.
Folk Tree will now be closing. Not right away. Perhaps not until this coming August. But it is time. Time for us to make that last visit, to view the pottery, calacas, calaveras, papel picados, sculptures, Our Mother of Guadalupe ceramics and paintings, coconut masks, tin works, and trees of life.
A large portion of Rocky’s extensive, personal, one-of-a-kind collection is on sale, which includes vintage huipiles and many pieces by artist Rodolfo Morales.
Come and visit. Stroll through and enjoy once more the world of the Folk Tree, Rocky’s world for over thirty years. Maybe take a piece home with you.
Folk Tree, 217 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena 91105. Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Phone: 1.626.795.8733. Find Folk Tree on Facebook.